Lindow 1st XI won the toss and elected to bowl first on a rain effected Saturday. So with the game reduced to 35 overs a side, Lindow openers Tim Young (1-27) and Alex Mathews (4-38) bowled good line and length! After a great start the skipper Ben Tyler (2-2) brought himself and Ryan O'Brien (2-19) on to finish the job off bowling Cheadle Hulme out for 86 in 26 overs.
A nervy 87 to win looked certain when Ryan O'Brien was out for 38 with 4 to win with a well-supported knock from Jamie Peel (17). But that wasn't the case with the home side having a big collapse losing 4 wickets without scoring. Leaving Alex Mathews to hit the winning runs.
It was a disappointing display from Lindow 2nd XI on Saturday when they were forced to cling on for a draw despite bowling out the opposition for 100.
After a delay for rain the match was reduced to 30 overs per side and batting first, Cheadle Hulme got off to a flier, reaching 60 without loss. It was at this stage that leg spinner Matt 'Rambo' Ramsden was introduced to the bowling attack. Bowling with guile and no little skill, he soon had the home team batsmen wondering if they were coming or going - they were coming to the crease and soon going back to the pavilion as the wily Rambo took 8 for 12 from 8.2 overs. Cheadle Hulme were all out for exactly 100.
In truth Lindow never really looked like achieving their target for victory, soon falling behind the run rate. Only Andy Hulme performed with any real credit, scoring 23, but it wasn't enough to get his team over the line as wickets fell with alarming frequency. In the end, Lindow's last batting pair were able to block out three testing overs to ensure defeat was avoided. A much improved performance is expected next week!
On the Sunday Lindow's 3rd XI took on Ashley at Upcast Lane and eased to an impressive victory.
Winning the toss and batting first, runs flowed at an impressive rate with Dean Cox (46), Paul Wilson (32), James Venables (23) and Pete Venables (34) contributing, but Star of the Show was James 'Silver Fox' Bracewell who posted 53 to see his team close their innings on 240, thereby setting a formidable target.
In reply Ashley lost wickets regularly as Young Guns Liam Jones (3-30) and Henry James (2-3) proved too hot for the batsmen to handle. Supported ably by veteran Paul Wilson (3-18) Lindow sauntered to a 185 run victory as the visitors were dismissed for 55. The highlight was captain Pete Hodge's stunning catch, which really showed the younger members of the team how to do it - pedaling backwards furiously to get under a towering 'skier' and able to get just the one hand to the ball, it was a catch that will remain long in the memory of anyone fortunate enough to witness it.
Photo: Matthew Ramsden who took 8-12 for the 2nd XI.
Match report by Angela Yore.